Conversations

Listen to what other health professionals and ministers are saying about the changes and take part in discussions with them and your colleagues.

Live webchat with Dame Barbara Hakin

Dame Barbara Hakin

Dame Barbara Hakin, Managing Director of Commissioning Development at the Department of Health, answered your commissioning questions in a live webchat on 5 September. Any questions that she did not have time to respond to will be answered on this website… Read more →Live webchat with Dame Barbara Hakin

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Looking for examples of good practice of clinical and finance engagement

The NHS is looking to deliver annual efficiency savings of up to £20bn by 2014/15. As a National Adviser on QIPP, Mahmood Adil is looking to build a collaborative relationship between clinicians and finance managers to improve quality and efficiency.… Read more →Looking for examples of good practice of clinical and finance engagement

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Why is integration so important?

Dr Robert Varnam, who is jointly leading the NHS Future Forum’s work on integrated services, asks why this is such an important issue for health and social care. It’s a great honour to be embarking on this new phase of… Read more →Why is integration so important?

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Paul Zollinger-Read: Draft authorisation framework and family well-being

Paul Zollinger-Read’s weekly update to the clinical commissioning group pathfinder community. My first week back from holiday and there has certainly been a lot going on. I suspect few of you missed the release of the draft authorization framework last… Read more →Paul Zollinger-Read: Draft authorisation framework and family well-being

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How do we create effective engagement?

Dr Mahmood Adil asks how clinicians and finance managers can engage and work together more effectively. Clinicians and finance managers usually hear different music and dance to different tunes –  patient outcomes vs. bottom line, disease management vs. episode costs.… Read more →How do we create effective engagement?

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After the Pause its time to >> Fast Forward >>!

Dr Shane Gordon, GP in Colchester and chief executive of the North East Essex GP Commissioning Group, on the views of GPs on the Health and Social Care Bill. After the Pause its time to >> Fast Forward >>! There… Read more →After the Pause its time to >> Fast Forward >>!

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CCG size and commissioning support

Paul Zollinger-Read’s weekly update to the clinical commissioning group pathfinder community. There are several issues that I think all emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) need to start considering in detail with their PCT Clusters and with the support of their… Read more →CCG size and commissioning support

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Developing the NHS Commissioning Board

Initial thinking on the design of the new NHS Commissioning Board was published today with the launch of ‘Developing the NHS Commissioning Board’. The document aims to give a sense of direction to stakeholders, partners, pathfinders and staff who may… Read more →Developing the NHS Commissioning Board

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Collaboration and sustained performance

Paul Zollinger-Read’s weekly update to the clinical commissioning group pathfinder community. A good place to start this week is on collaboration. Different groups are approaching this in different ways; however it’s pretty clear that without collaboration we are limited in… Read more →Collaboration and sustained performance

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High risk prescribing in primary care

Paul Zollinger-Read’s weekly update to the clinical commissioning group pathfinder community. A couple of issues this week that are worth a quick mention. Let’s start with this week’s BMJ and an article by Gutherie et al looking at high risk… Read more →High risk prescribing in primary care

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